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The drawing below is NOT drawn to scale.

The drawing represents a planet orbiting some star. The planet is closer to the star as it moves from point 1 to point 2 than it is when it moves from point 3 to point 4 in its orbit. The dotted line shows the orbital path.

If the time it takes the planet to get from point 1 to point 2 is equal to the time it takes the planet to get from point 3 to point 4, then which of the following statements is true, according to Kepler's laws of planetary motion?

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A

The average speed as the planet travels from 1 to 2 is the same as when it travels from 3 to 4.

B

Area 1 in the diagram is equal to Area 2.

C

Area 1 in the diagram is smaller than Area 2.

D

The planet moves further from 3 to 4 than from 1 to 2.

E

The average speed as the planet moves from 3 to 4 is greater than when the planet moves from 1 to 2.

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